The recent event – Chak De Dandiya organised by the Sai Sansthan proved to be an enjoyable night for the nearly 1000 strong crowd comprising both young and old. This event was a novel concept planned and executed to perfection by the ladies of the Sansthan lead by Shivani Arora and Suvidha Gangisetty.

Held at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, the programme started off with the ribbon cutting and inauguration by Mr. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP followed by the traditional lighting of lamps in front of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba’s picture by Mr. Rajen Prasad MP and well known businessman and philanthropist Ajay Kumar of Global Finance. The members of parliament addressed the gathering and extolled upon the noble teachings of Baba and congratulated the organisers on this fund raising event.

As the evening unfolded, the massive hall of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre was transformed into a gigantic dance floor, with dandiya and bhangra fever engulfing the participants who danced tirelessly to pulsating bollywood music. With spot prizes being given by the organisers, kept the momentum going right through to the late hours of the night. Sonam Arora, the MC for the evening termed the event as a complete and fulfilling evening, giving everyone a sense of togetherness as it brought people from all walks of life close to our vibrant Indian Culture.

Hari Gangisetty the President and Bhaskar Reddy Duvvuru President and Secretary of the Sansthan termed the event as a stupendous success in the fund raising history of the Sansthan as it took them a step closer to their larger plan of building a temple.

In February 2002, a group of like minded devotees of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba met, discussed and decided to form a Sansthan. The immediate goal of the Sansthan was to establish a temple for Baba in Auckland which would assist in spreading the wonderful life and teachings of Baba. The vision of the Sansthan is to make people become aware of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, his life and his teachings so that devotees and their family can mould their activities in such a way to attain satisfaction and total fulfilment and make their life meaningful.

Indian Weekender is reliably told that the untiring efforts of the volunteers and management of the Sansthan has enabled them to start their dream project of the temple very soon. Indian Weekender wishes the management of the Sansthan all the best in their future endeavours.

Donations and more info about the Sansthan can be had by contacting Hari Gangisetty, President, on 021 629 993 or Bhaskar Reddy Duvvuru on 0212923807. You can also visit the Sansthan website www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz